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On Friday, May 9, 2008 at the Victorian Manor in Edison, NJ, Divas On A Budget will be hosting a Scholarship Benefit to help raise money for the Marcia Rowe Scholarship Foundation for Creative Arts. Marcia Rowe, who passed away from breast cancer nearly 2 years ago was an avid lover of music and dance and donated regularly to African American dance and musioc schools in New Jersey. One of her wishes, before she left this earth, was to start a shcolarship fund that would help pay the tution for African American children to join programs related to creative arts to help keep them involved and off the streets. On Frieday May 9th we will see her dream realized with the first annual scholarship benefit created in her honor.

We are asking that everyone contribute to this worthy cause in honor of our children. We will be developing a "Booster" book so that you can advertise your business at an affordable rate while also contributing to the cause. Another way that you can donate is through shopping! How, you ask...Well, if you purchase from any of our advertiser in the Diva Mall ( 50% of the commissions earned will go toward the scholarship benefit. We have partnered with advertisers like House of Dereon, Baby Phat, Fashion Bug, E.L.F Cosmetics, and Payless just to name a few.

If you would like to donate directly you can mail a check or money order to : "Marcia Rowe Scholarship Fund", P.O. Box 1067, Edison, NJ 08818. Thank you.


If you would like to attend the benefit please e-mail us at with the subject "Marcia Rowe Scholarship Benefit", ticket sales will begin mid February and are only $30.

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Virgin Coconut Oil

We love, love, love virgin coconut oil. Not only does it have the smell of fresh coconuts – a welcome escape from the dreary weather we have been having here lately – but it also is good for both the skin and the body. Of course, we will be focusing on how good virgin coconut oil is for the skin.

First, what is it?. Virgin coconut oil is what results from the pressing of the coconut meat. Usually one things of virgin coconut oil coming from the Philippines, but the oil can come from Australia, India and other places around the globe.

If you run a search for virgin coconut oil, you will find that seems to be touted as the miracle oil. It helps you lose weight, cures infections, is an antioxidant, helps your heart, is antifungal, anti viral, etc. etc. neosoul.essentials doesn’t make any claims to the nature of what it does to your body, inside or outside, we just report what works and has worked for us and our clients.

When applied to the skin, virgin coconut oil melts very quickly and sinks into the skin, creating a barrier between the skin and the elements. As a natural antioxidant, it is said to prevent premature aging and skin sagging. And as a massage/skin oil, it is said to nourish the skin and hair, preventing wrinkling and age spots.

We here at neosoul.essentials use virgin coconut oil in our lotion bars, glycerin soap, megamix whip and our soon to come sugar scrub. I often use the virgin coconut oil on my daughter’s hair – lends a wonderful shine – or as a quickie massage oil. It smells wonderful and helps the skin.

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Helping others

I have not been around in a while as things in my life are very hectic and the internet has not been a priority. I do apologize to all my members and hope you all continue to support BBWVIBE and hopefully soon things will get better. With that being said there is always someone a little worse then we are. I am asking us to come together and help a family (mother and 2 children)that needs help. I am not asking for money at all. They basically need clothes,food and materials. This family needs more then money. I am entering contest and other things to try to help them some way. Here is a contest I just entered and I am asking you to just join. Free to join. Also if you like to donate to this family then let me know and send an email to Please do not use this email for anything else other then in reference to this family.. Thank you, Olivia Remember no money is needed for this family at all they are not asking for that. If you choose
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Shea Butter

No one can avoid having heard of shea butter. Hailed as the cure all for skin problems as well as curing aches and pains, shea butter seems like it can do it all. Well, all I can write here is about my experiences with shea butter.

First of all, a little research. Shea butter comes from the shea nut, a tree found most commonly in West African, i.e. Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Ivory coast. These trees are located on the savannah in both the fields and the forests. According to, shea butter can be used as a decongestant, cooking oil and a skin healing salve. Shea butter is high in oleic acid as well as vitamins A and E, which are very good for the skin.

In my own experience, shea butter has helped greatly with my daughter's eczema. I tried many commericial preparation, short of prescription medication, but my creations with shea butter, cocoa butter and virgin coconut oil helped her the most. In addition, I gave some whipped shea to my grandmother who claimed it helped lessen the pain of her arthritis. Shea butter is a mainstay in both my home and my products. I use my Megamix Whip whenever I see dry skin and I use it on my daughter twice a day, in the morning and the evening. The mixture's emoillent's keep her skin soft and supple, and no more scratching in the middle of the night! has natural shea butter products that will meet your needs. Visit us today.
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Canola Oil

In our increasingly health conscious society today, you most likely have read about the benefits of canola oil for your health. But have you discover the boon this oil may have for your skin? Certainly, you must think, an oil that I can find in my grocery store can’t have the benefits of those concoctions sold across cosmetic counters….but you would be wrong!

Canola oil has a high monounsaturated fatty acid content and contains Vitamin E, known as an antioxidant and skin conditioner. It penetrates the skin easily and does not leave a greasy film. It has also been suggested that canola oil may assist the skin in supplying the adequate lipids (fat) it needs to maintain its protective barrier.

Neosoul.essentials uses avocado, olive, canola and other oils to create products that are natural and beneficial to skin. Most of our ingredients are edible, believe it or not!
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Why Natural?

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and read the back of that lotion bottle from the store? As I mentioned in a previous post, I struggled to find my daughter some releif from her eczema. After a bath, I applied a popular lotion formulated for children and was horrified when she started screaming that it burned her legs. I looked on the back, read the long list of ingredients and came to the words "sodium hydroxide" = lye - the same ingredient that is use to saponify soaps as well as in many hair relaxer applications. Now, to be fair, the lye appeared far down on the list of ingredients, indicating that perhaps only a small amount was used in the lotion, but why is lye in lotion anyway?

My products at use no preservaties and very little in terms of synthetic (man-made) chemicals. All my ingredients are pretty much edible, such as shea butter, virgin coconut oil, canola oil and the like. I strive to use ingredients that I would feel safe using on my 18 month old, who, against his will, is a frequent tester of my products.

When it comes to skin care, why use chemicals that you can't prounonce on your skin? Try some good-smelling virgin coconut oil on those dry patches. How about some shea butter? Or my personal favorite, cocoa butter.

Next - How Natural Oils help your skin.
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Hello all!

Welcome to the blog site for neosoul.essentials, llc. Neosoul.essentials was founded in 2006, after I had conducted much research and 'mixing' skin balms and salves for my daughter, who suffered from eczema (sometimes bleeding) on her poor little legs. When I first discovered that she had ezcema, I tried many things to give her relief, diet(nothing helped), over the counter ointments and even the dreaded Vaseline (which was actually recommended by my pediatrician). I chose instead to do my own research and look for natural ingredients that would actually help heal her skin, not mask the symptoms.

So, from this was born neosoul.essentials, my own little start up in the basement workshop businessess. I offer body butters, lip balm, solid lotions, massage oils and soap. And that's just the beginning. Interested? Of course you are! Check it out at
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Publishing Services

Have you written a book and "shopped" it around with no luck? Aphesis Publishing, L.L.C. can turn your dreams of publishing your own book into a reality. The Bible says that all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed. If you have the faith, Aphesis Publishing, L.L.C. can help you, through God-given knowledge and experience, turn your manuscript into a book!

Aphesis Publishing, L.L.C. makes self-publishing a very rewarding process for first-time authors. We will be involved with you every step of the way, helping you to see and understand the process of how a manuscript becomes a book, AND you will reap 100% of the publishing profits because you will retain the rights to your book!

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Don’t want the hassle of trying to figure out a complicated page layout program? Can’t figure out what a pica is, much less a serif or san serif? Let Aphesis Publishing, LLC take the guess work out of the process. We can design a book for you that is, both, professional and pleasing to the eye! Select from 3 styles that are sure to be pleasing to the eye and your budget!


We edit an electronic copy of your manuscript (sent to us as an email attachment), reviewing for errors in the rules of standard written English, including the following:

  • Grammar
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At client request, and at an additional cost, we will edit to remove passive voice, ambiguous references, awkward transitions, and wordiness as well as highlight changes. Our services save you time, postage, and the hassle of manually transferring your manuscript from hard to electronic copy.

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New E-Books from Aphesis Publishing!

Aphesis Publishing is proud to present two new books by author Jennifer Mitchell Earley:

Speak Life!

Devotions for Mothers & Daughters

A Valuable Resource that will enable mothers to encourage their daughters at every stage of their life:

  • As Little Girls
  • Tweens: The "Wonder" Years
  • A Teen Perspective
  • The Journey of Motherhood, and Much More!

    Every mother wants the best for her little girl whether that little girl is four, fourteen, or forty. However, a mother's good intentions and desires for the best can sometimes leave her daughter feeling criticized, controlled, and condemned.

    Learn how to effectively communicate your feelings of love and concern and Speak Life. These devotions will help you to edify and encourage your little girl at every stage of her life!

    The tongue holds the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. - Proverbs 18:21

    NEW in 2008 - The Gossip Demon

    As Christians we have to be very careful about the conversations that we have and the words that we speak because we have the power of life and death in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). Insomuch as we discuss our circumstances, finances, family, church, co-workers and the like, it is imperative that we ask the Lord to place a gate over our mouths so that we only speak those things which edify and bring forth life (Psalm 141:3).

    The Gossip Demon will teach you how to:

    - Identify Words of destruction;

    - Allow the Holy Spirit to take Control of What You Say & Seal Your Lips;

    - Use "God Talk" by communicating in a manner that is life-changing and life-giving; produce victory in your life as well as the lives of others.

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Why Aren't You Making a Ton of Cash!

Hello Friends,

I have noticed that many of you are affiliate marketers and this article may interest you. If you have any additional pointers, please add them or start a new discussion. Thanks and Enjoy.

Five keys to you becoming a successful affiliate:


Before you become an affiliate for someone, you want to know one major thing. You want to be very sure they've taken the time to test their whole sales process!

Have they invested some of their own time and money into fine-tuning and improving their sales letter until it really converts visitors into buyers? Is their ordering process simple for your prospects to navigate?

The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of your time and money to generate traffic to a sales letter that can't sell its way out of a paper bag, right?

One way to figure this out is to use a little common sense. How does the sales letter affect you? Is it professional? Does it suck you in? Do you find you can't stop reading it because you just need to know how this product can help solve the problem it's saying it can?

Does it make you want to buy? The last thing you want to do to the lifeblood of your business (your prospects) is sell them "junky" stuff.

2) $25 MINIMUM

You should pick a product that pays you at least $25 for each sale. Unless you become an affiliate for more than one product (we'll touch on this point a little later), stick to the $25 as a minimum price point so you can take your advertising costs out and still make a profit.


It must be free to join an affiliate program. If they are charging you to join, or require you to buy their product first, it's not an affiliate marketing program.


A great place to start is Clickbank. They have one of the largest affiliate marketing programs you can find. Just go to and get a clickbank ID.

At Clickbank's home page, go to "Earn Commissions" and search for products that fit you and your site. They are even ranked in order of popularity. That's another sign of whether it's a program worth your time.

Amazon has a good affiliate marketing program. Go to and click on "Join Associates" near the bottom of the page. You won't get as much of a commission for each sale as you will from Clickbank or Lifetime Commissions but it does accumulate over time.


The real key to being successful with affiliate marketing is to develop a good content based website and weave your affiliate links into all your content. You want to "pre-sell" your prospects rather than "sell" them.

Leave the job of "selling" to the sales letter page you are transferring them to. Your job is to provide your prospects with good, quality content regarding whatever they are interested in. Inside this information, when it's relevant, just "recommend" that they click to an offer you honestly believe will be of immense help to them.

Wouldn't you rather have a friend recommend you something of value and allow you the time to consider whether it's right for you rather than be "sold"? Everyone who visits your site feels the same so remember this.

We mentioned earlier that we'd discuss becoming an affiliate for more than one product and how it affects the minimum commission you're willing to accept. If you put together a content site as we're recommending, the $25 minimum isn't as critical.

Of course, you'd like the maximum, fair commission possible, but if you have 15 or so programs you're recommending, you can offer quality products for less. If one of your products brings you $10-$15 in commission and you have some others paying you $25, $75 or more, you can see you're averaging a good return over-all.

Why aren't you making a ton of cash as an affiliate? Follow these 5 points and you will see big profits in your future!


The Yavon Chronicles


Your Friend and Partner,
YaVon Best

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Knowledge is Power!

The crooks and scammers are everywhere and they're counting on you NOT knowing their tricks!

As long as they can keep you in the dark, they'll be able to "push your buttons" and get money from you... just like you were their own personal ATM machine!

How can you stop them?
How can you Stop Being A Victim?

There's only ONE WAY... and that's if you KNOW what to look for!

Once you have everything in front of you... once you see how all the pieces fit together to work against you... you'll be able to see what's happening BEFORE you get in too deep!

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Be encouraged

Be encouraged when you are filled with doubt.

When there seems to be no other way out.

When your circumstances seem larger than life.

Know that God gave you the breath of life.

Know that the love of God will always be near.

With God on your side you have nothing to fear.

With God on your side you have nothing to fear.

When all the world seems to have your back against the wall.

Remember, God is in control of it all.

Be still, rest in God, and know that you can do it.

Because if He brought you to it, his power will bring you through it.

Be encouraged

Be encouraged

Be encouraged!

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Start to Persevere

A new newsletter focused on the health issues and realities that are not always discussed. Also offering inspiration to keep your head up and go forward.

Our next issue will be going out November 17, 2007

If you would like to subscribe just email us your email address to

Also if you are interested in writing with us or have ideas please feel free to contact us.

This is a great way to build experience and your portfolio. The newsletter is centered only on sharing knowledge.

We look forward to you subscribing or working with us.

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SEO and the Search Urban Directory

Search Urban: Black Directory
When it comes to SEO, one of the most common techniques for optimizing your site for search engines, is getting your site listed on other websites that:

  • Have Related Web Content
  • Generate Strong Web Traffic
  • Reach your target Audience
  • Have High Goolge Page Rank (a Page Rank of 4 or Higher
  • Provide Relevant Banner Exchanges or Ad Packages

The Search Urban Directory was created to do all these things and more, with the primary goal of promoting Black Websites while providing African American online viewers with access to the best, quality Black pages online and highlighting new, websites and information that is relevant to the Black Community at Large. From Black News and Commentary to Websites for Black Women and support for Black Business, Search Urban aims to spread the word about all that is Hot, Positive, Quality, Educational, Entertaining, and Innovative as far as Black Online Content.

The best part of the Search Urban Directory is that it is featured on several sites, so that site submitters get the most exposure possible. Search Urban Sites include:

Review the directory or submit your black website today. Search Urban Directory:

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My Blessed Bracelet!

Hi! Everyone,

Today, I purchased one of the most beautiful, meaningful and inexpensive bracelets ever. A woman of God by the name of Beverly who had a booth at the farmer's market sold it to me. Two things that are dear to me when doing business and purchasing something is (1)When it's a sister in Christ and (2) A sister on the entrepreneurial journey...Just those two bring admiration and inspiration. Well ladies and gentlemen:)'s a silver bracelet with the Lord's Prayer engraved on it...I'll definitely be purchasing a few more...They'll make perfect gifts for my sisters in Christ. Here's a link to her website:

Many Blessings,


P.S. Beverly did mention she is in the process of updating her website...The bracelet may not be on there but I will post a few pics tomorrow for those interested. Thank you for listening to my rave:)

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